ESSAY: Both the political elite and its critics believe there is a conflict between rights and responsibilities. They could not be more wrong.
With his demos-dodging rise to political fame, Nick Clegg personifies the new breed of professional politician.
Today’s campaign for proportional representation echoes the 19th-century elitists who also wanted PR.
‘Bigotgate’ is the most telling moment of the election, capturing the unspoken clash of values and attitudes between the rulers and the ruled.
The political class’s attacks on climate-change-denying, homophobic Eastern Europeans is dividing Europe anew.
There are two problems with Brown-bashing: it’s immature and it’s making Emily Hill feel sorry for the PM.
ESSAY: Recent thinking on health policy has been driven by two myths: that bad health is caused by bad habits, and that government can promote good health by changing our behaviour.
Youth turnout campaigns have been virtually wound up because they no longer trust that young people will vote ‘sensibly’.
No one wants to talk about the problem of turnout this time — perhaps because they no longer care if millions of ‘bigots’ and proles don’t vote.
If the Grand Canyon state’s immigration laws seem authoritarian, wait till you see what the Democrats are proposing.
Greece’s woes have revealed a Euro-elite more interested in blame-shifting than tackling the economic crisis.
If the Thai Red Shirts want real change, they could do with reading History of the Russian Revolution.
ELECTION ESSAY: contemporary so-called ‘anti-capitalism’ – which is underpinned by a powerful misanthropy – is the main barrier to progress today.
...not because it has offered us any big or inspiring ideas, but because it has confirmed the rise and rise of a new political oligarchy.
Finally a high school show that makes a song-and-dance out of Big Issues with sarcasm and lightheartedness.
Drawing at Sheffield Wednesday may not warrant an open-top bus parade, but it sure as hell felt like it should.
Frank Furedi, Mick Hume, Michael Fitzpatrick and others give their first impressions of a changeable and chaotic election.
There were many losers in the election, but none more so than the cultural elite who backed Clegg. They’ve been shockingly exposed.
Let Rob Lyons take you on a guided tour of the election results and what they reveal about modern Britain.
spiked likes the idea of proportional representation, but we want nothing to do with today’s elitist campaign for it.
Gillian Duffy was written off as a ‘bigot’ by the same liberal elite that sanctions bigotry and hatred towards its political opponents.
The Danny Dyer controversy is based on a view of working-class youth as easily brainwashed monkeys.
Google’s blasé attitude towards people’s private lives reflects a broader cultural indifference to privacy.
Nobody should be sorry to see Brown go – but the elitist cliques now trying to carve up power In The National Interest would be even worse for politics.
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is bad, but it is not a warning from nature about mankind's hubris.
Chris Morris’s depiction of jihadists as dunces who hate slags and Maccy D’s is scarily accurate.
Hold on. Brown can’t just slink out of office without a final challenge to the idea that he was unspun, decisive and principled.
The shake-up of Britain’s political system represents an opportunity for pushing new, exciting ideas into the public realm.
The idea that eating fruit and veg can help to ward off cancer is repeated over and over again. Despite not being true.
The conviction of a Twitter user for posting a joke about a bomb shows how insanely paranoid officialdom has become.
Patrick Hayes talks to the Middlesex students who have occupied their university in defence of knowledge for its own sake.
What’s the punishment for leaving your kids in a shopping mall for one hour? For one mum, it was probation, parenting classes, and shame.
Watching young people being forced to account for themselves in the boardroom was strangely exhilarating.
The last day of the Premier League season: No upsets. No banana skins. No tears. No entertainment.
Archbishop Rowan Williams is ‘pro-immigration’ only in the sense that he hopes the arrival of foreigners will remind Britain of its core values.
If you’re opposed to legalising a ‘right to die’, people assume you must be a religious crank. But not all of us are.
Stephen Hawking’s warning to avoid contact with extra-terrestrial life reveals his pessimism towards humanity.
The economic turmoil in southern Europe shows that, far from going away, the global financial crisis has entered a dangerous new phase.
The BBC’s adaptation of Martin Amis’s classic 1984 novel has none of the book’s zing, insight or fast satire.
Lord Triesman’s punishment for something he said behind closed doors shows that privacy counts for sweet FA today.
We definitely need a ‘new politics’ today - but don’t expect it to come from the technocratic, ideology-free Liberal-Conservative government.
It is only because liberal activists have ditched the cause of freedom that the far right can claim it as its own.
Of course people should be free to say ‘I shit on Muhammad’. But here’s a question: why are they so keen to say it?
When so few European women wear the full veil, why are governments falling over themselves to ban it? It’s pseudo-libertarian grandstanding.
A survey asking medical staff to rate the coolness of leaders like Hitler was naff – but so is the entire ‘leadership agenda’.
Heinz’s decision to change its ketchup recipe after 40 years is a sign of our health-obsessed, killjoy times.
If Nick Clegg is serious about having a bonfire of repressive laws, he might want to chuck on the e-Borders scheme.
‘People power’? Pull the other one. The UK government’s reforms signal the desperation of the new elites to insulate themselves from us.
Packed with clichés and simplistic politics, the BBC’s Eighties season revealed why liberals love that decade.
Since when did ‘wrecking England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup’ become a treasonable offence?
A New York writer has caused a storm by encouraging parents to leave their kids in parks tomorrow. She tells spiked why she’s doing it.
Beset by smoking bans, economic crisis and social disapproval, it's a wonder any pubs survive at all.
Angela Merkel’s unilateral decision to ban ‘short selling’ shows how deluded and divided the political class is.
Top climate-change expert Mike Hulme tells spiked it is a scandal that scientific claims are increasingly usurping politics and morality.
Merkel says the Union is in trouble, but this is pure fearmongering designed to make people toe the line.
The only way to challenge the pseudoscience of Andrew Wakefield and others is to have more debate, not less.
The conviction of two boys for attempted rape is not only a travesty of justice – it also exposes society’s screwed-up attitude towards childhood.
As more facts come to light, we can finally see how crazy it was to shut UK airspace in response to the Icelandic volcano.
Britain may have a new government, but when it comes to drinking, we can expect another round of clampdowns.
The gathering of homeless conspiracy theorists in Parliament Square isn’t a protest – it’s a public nervous breakdown.
The isolation and marginalisation of the doughty British Airways cabin crew looks like a sign of wider problems ahead for resisting cuts.
The Special One may be spectacularly narcissistic but, as his all-conquering Inter side showed, he’s entitled to be.
US import Spartacus: Blood and Sand makes Up Pompeii! look like a work of serious classical scholarship.
Unable to remake or reboot Britain’s economy for the twenty-first century, our leaders can only cut – and even then, they’re too timid.
Christian Salmon’s book rightly notes the increasing use of narrative in modern life, but his ‘anti-capitalist’ instincts get in the way of understanding why.
The author of The Spirit Level Delusion explains why Britain’s chattering classes were so wrong to embrace The Spirit Level and its argument that all of society’s problems are caused by inequality.
In this extract from his memoirs, breast-cancer expert Professor Michael Baum shows how a new technology allowed the mysteries of an ancient artefact to be revealed and provided a cost-effective medical treatment.
In his latest novel, the mostly hopeful story of a dying man trying to make sense of his life, Paul Auster ditches his usual formalism in favour of creating engaging characters.
Clive Hamilton’s depressing new book makes explicit the Biblical idea that underpins environmentalism: that human beings shall be punished by floods and fire for their hubris.
The idea that the food industry has turned us into fat, helpless beings desperate for our next fast-food fix is based on a degraded view of human beings.
Comedian Mark Thomas’s ‘People’s Manifesto’ confirms that no one is more suspicious and disdainful of the masses today than the worn-out, disillusioned rump of the radical left.
Far from rubbishing the Gospels, Philip Pullman brilliantly re-explores them, revisiting a question that has haunted thinkers since at least the fifth century: are Jesus and Christ two separate entities?
The ‘Sarkozy report’ on the problems with using GDP as a measure of progress reveals an elite incapable of seeing the link between economic growth and improved human welfare.